The Replacement Killers (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 February 1998 (USA)
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Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton ...
Sydney Coberly ...


John Lee is the best hitman money can buy. But when John refuses to kill because of the seven year-old son of his target, John's bosses send someone after John to kill him and then take his place in the ring of hitmen. John then teams up with Meg Coburn to help him escape these "Replacement Killers." Written by Anonymous

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When people need to disappear, they come to see Meg. When they're about to go, they never see John coming. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,200,000 (Non-US) (23 January 1998)


£359,183 (UK) (19 June 1998)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Also the first American film for Til Schweiger who already was a major movie star in his native Germany at the time. Number of words his character, one of the titular replacement killers, speaks: Zero. See more »


After Meg finishes doctoring Alan's passport for John, he opens it up to check her handiwork. When he closes the passport, the name on the front is "Alan Chin," however, the character's name is listed as "Alan Chan" in the credits. See more »


Meg Coburn: [Holding gun to John's head] Now what the fuck did you get me into with Terence Wei?
John Lee: He's my patron.
Meg Coburn: Patron?
John Lee: He made it possible for me to come here.
Meg Coburn: What does he, sponsor you to play the violin?
John Lee: exchange for... services.
Meg Coburn: What a nice way of saying you kill people.
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Referenced in All the Rage (1999) See more »


Keep Hope Alive
Written by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland
Performed by The Crystal Method
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

Watch this movie for it's action, you'll enjoy it more.
15 February 2001 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Those of you who desire a deep, thought provoking, plot. One which leaves you asking questions, after the movie is done. Well, guess what? This is not the movie for you. However, if you are seeking a high intensity, past paced, exciting, action-packed, drama, stay tuned because the ride has just begun. This is the second time I have watched this movie. I watched it when it first came out and then again just last night. I can't help it but Chow Yun-fat is definitely the Sean Connery of our eastern brothers.

I will admit that this movie is not for everyone. Then again, you can't make everyone happy all of the time. You can make some people happy some of the time. This movie made it's money's worth, so apparently it made most people happy most of the time.

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